Early Christmas present for public transport commuters
CHRISTMAS has come early for Ipswich public transport commuters.
A train or bus fare that would normally cost travellers more than $10 will be $1.90 cheaper from Monday, ahead of the official launch of the State Government's Fairer Fares package.
The South East Queensland fare review was originally set to come into force in January 2017, slashing 23 public transport zones to eight with reduced fares through the system.
The cost of a paper train ticket from Ipswich to Brisbane will be about $8.60 for an adult, $1.90 cheaper and $4.60 between Ipswich and Redbank, $1 less than the current fare.
The cuts could amount to savings of up to $1,300 for Ipswich residents who work in Brisbane and rely on trains for their daily commutes.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said the cuts would come as some relief on the cost of living for 93% of commuters.
"These fare reforms are the most significant change to South East Queensland's public transport network in a decade and will deliver cost of living relief to at least 93% of commuters," Ms Howard said.
The Fairer Fares package, which was subject to wide-ranging consultation through the SEQ Fare Review Taskforce, would encourage more people to choose public transport over private vehicles.
"Taking the equivalent of seven million cars off our roads every year will mean less congestion on our local and major road networks," Ms Howard said.
Member for Ipswich West Jim Madden said Rosewood commuters were among the major winners under the reform.
"In Ipswich West public transport costs will be slashed, saving up to $328.32 per year for a commute from Rosewood to the Ipswich CBD," Mr Madden said.
For details on the reform and a fare calculator visit http://jp.translink.com.au/fare-review.